• By : Zubair Lone
Muneeb Ali Bhat, 18, a resident of Pattan Shirpora is famous in his locality for his drawings. Bhat though young in age, draws an amazing art. He draws sketches, paintings and abstract art.
What basically lured this young lad towards this art is his exposure to the conflict since his childhood. Mostly his art reflects the agony and sufferings of the conflict tormented people.
Bhat remembers when he was in his first class he tried his hand for the first time. “I sketched the animals that I was closely seeing on my text books.” Once he finished the sketch, his elders around him appreciated him. From that day he decided to take interest in drawing. He drew lots of sketches in school also, were he got appreciation from the teachers.
When he thinks back, he remembers his mother who always kept saying,’ when will this conflict end’. He is a young boy of eighteen, who has lot of things to do, the conflict has stuck in his mind at this young age. The shadows of conflict is always following him, the memories of conflict has over taken his mind.
Muneeb Ali Bhat, is from Shirpora Pattan, which is at 50 minute ride from the Srinagar city. He is the younger of his family, survived by his father,mother and a sister. Muneeb has recently cleared his 12th class board exams in Government Boys Higher Secondary Pattan.
He has also participated in many district level competition organized by education department. He won a district level drawing competition which was organized by Chief Education Officer Baramulla in year 2018 , and has participated in the state level drawing competition held in 2018.
During the 2016 uprising, Muneeb started to focus on his drawing skills as there was lockdown allover the valley. ‘I was home and I had nothing to do so I decided to work on my drawing skill’, says Muneeb.
He has not learned his art from anywhere. He has till now drawn lots of sketches of people whom he personally know or his heroes like Shahid Afridi a famous Pakistani cricketer.
‘I follow lot of sketch artists allover the world, I try to gain their perspective. The recent lockdown caged my peace of mind, I was unable to read or write or draw. It took me lot of days to come out of depression’, he added. Last year he drew a sketch of a crying Kashmiri women, which went viral on social media and on which his facebook account was disabled.
The drawing, which muneeb draw back in 2018. He has seen a women crying in the funeral of a local boy who was killed by the security forces.
Muneeb belongs to a middle class family, having a local business like others he also helps his father to earn livelihood, besides studies. He is a arts student, and wants to continue in fine arts.
‘I love playing cricket and drawing crickets arts but this bloody conflict has taken every thing, I had this artistic skill from my childhood, my elders used to say me ‘ painter’ but when I gradually grew up, I came to know that people without saying can convey their message to the world’.
It is easy to draw images but the most important thing is that it must have message, I do want to cover other fields like sports, entertainment but when you are in a conflict your focus remain on it. People always keep asking me your drawing on conflict are incredible but i tell them no I hate this conflict I just want to show the world our nature, beauty.
Wearing Kashmiri traditional pheran a Kashmiri woman, walking through green fields and holding her sons hand. This sketch was made by muneeb in 2018. He also draw few more sketches in that year.
Last month he drew a painting of famous Pakastani cricketer Shahid Afridi which went viral on social media. His drawing got hit in thousands, and was also carried by few news pages.
Muneeb has also drew some pictures of Kashmiri tradition. Kashmiri tradition, love and humanity are his main focus points.
A kashmiri oldage woman sipping the tea, wearing kashmiri tradational pheran and hijab [kasaab].
Like muneeb there are thousands of Kashmiri kids who are talanted and want to contribute something to their nation.